Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Amazing Asifa Archive - Holy Crap! - look at everything you get!




It wasn't very long ago that you couldn't find much information on classic cartoons and the comic strips and illustrations that inspired them. There were very few books on animation and the books tended to cover the same finite material. Whole cartoon studios were ignored in favor of Disney and in the last few years, a bit about Warner Bros...and then mostly about Chuck Jones and just a few of his films.

Our cartoon heritage is huge, much larger than any books can cover. In fact, most of the cartoons made from the 1920s to the 1950s are not available anywhere to see. They don't run them on TV, and there are very few home videos available-the few that exist have been tampered with, cut up, recolored and changed.

There are tons more great old cartoons that were made and until a year ago, no way for the public to find them. Now there is.

Steve's Asifa Animation Archive is the greatest resource for anyone who loves old cartoons, comics and illustrations. It's open to the public and it's really easy to find not only tons of the classic animated films, but the illustrations and comic strips that inspired the classic animators. And in turn you can find comics and illustrations that the animators themselves did.

The archive is constantly growing thanks to Steve Worth and the volunteers that work on it every week.

The Asifa Archive is a museum of great cartoon art, films and books and it's available for free.

If all the information and cartoons themselves existed in books and dvds, it would cost you thousands of dollars to collect them.

So why don't you help out the archive by donating a bit of change now and then? If every couple of months you donated 5 or 10 bucks-or whatever, you would still be getting a fantastic bargain, and you will be preserving our great cartoon heritage-which will get you straight into Heaven ahead of everyone else.


Here's just a tiny sample of the great stuff you can find at the archive.


RARE CLASSIC CARTOONS AND WHO DID THEM
THE CRAZIEST ANIMATOR IN HISTORY





INTERVIEWS WITH ANIMATION GREATS
GRIM NATWICK ON UB IWERKS

ILLUSTRATORS THAT INSPIRED ANIMATORS
http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/03/media-dulacs-hans-christian-andersen.html


ANIMATION PEOPLE WHO BECAME ILLUSTRATORS

http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/03/media-mary-blairs-babys-house.html

ANIMATORS THAT BECAME COMIC ARTISTS
http://www.animationarchive.org/2007/04/comics-walt-kellys-pogo.html


and tons more great stuff!




SEND A FEW MEASLY BUCKS HERE AND KEEP OUR CARTOON HERITAGE ALIVE!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE ARCHIVE

Every week Steve posts a whole pile of rare stuff from our glorious past. Help insure that he is able to keep doing it!

BE A VOLUNTEER

If you live in the LA area and are obsessed with old cartoons, you can come help Steve organize old films, comics and illustrations. You will see tons of great stuff every day!

11 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

Yes you should all go! You can look at original Ren and Stimpy storyboards- and Steve will act them out for you!!

That Pogo comic posted- I saw that in person! It's owned by World Famous Mike Fontanelli! It's great that Steve scanned it but seeing art in person is ten million times cooler!

All you rich kids out there- donate, dammit!

Duck Dodgers said...

Sadly, who lives outisde USA can't seen nothing of allthis. I'd love to see some of them cartoons and storyboards and such....

Jorge Garrido said...

AMEN!

My blog out an article about the Archive on my blog as well. Check it out by clicking my display pic, everyone!

e. banks said...

hey john - what do you know about ASIFA East? is there a similar public archive?

JohnK said...

>>Sadly, who lives outisde USA can't seen nothing of allthis. <<

You can see tons of it on the archive blog.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

I'm amazed at what Steve and ASIFA have been able to accomplish with this archive! If it contained nothing but Milt Gross scans it would be worth a donation just for that, but it contains so much more!

Steve scans the material at such a high res that the scans you see are often more clear than the originals! Have you seen the illustrations he put up? I've seen the original book plates for some of them and I can tell you that ASIFA's scans are better! You can get a whole art education at the Archive for a donation of just a few bucks! What a deal!

Many, many thanks to Steve and to the volunteers and contributors who make the Archive possible!

Josh Lieberman said...

I'm moving to burbank this summer, I plan on voluteering whenever I can.

gabriel said...

thanks for all the material in this blog

ShadowWarrior said...

Those scans and links are awesome. It's quite interesting to see the beginnings of cartooning, and to see how certain styles are still being used.

Crew Hudson said...

Just went last week for the first time. Seriously, if you are visiting LA, you seriously must go! If you are in the LA area and have not taken advantage of this amazing resource, then you are crazy. Steve was saying that he gets more out-of-state people visiting, which to me is upsetting. So much is right there at your disposal. Steve showed me and a friend around and I nearly passed out from excitement. Its unreal people. Thanks to Steve and all the volunteers making this project happen.
There is nothing like this over at Asifa East but Steve did mention he would ultimately like to start sharing already archived stuff to East if we started our own archive.
I am going to ask around to see how we can make this happen over here.
---Tom
P.S.-love your blog, John, it was great to finally meet you briefly.

Gavin Freitas said...

I love when you make post like this John. Next time Im down in LA I'll stop by. We need a channel on TV with REAL 24 hours of cartoons. Why cant the Execs think of something like that?